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(Wyo)-Wyoming Tourist Numbers Up 2%, Tourist Spending Up 6.8%

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2019 10:33 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An independent report says Wyoming had 8.9-million overnight visitors last year, a 2% increase from 2017, but the amount of money they spent jumped 6.8% to more than $3.8 billion dollars.
 
     The report by Dean Runyan Associates for the Wyoming Office of Tourism shows a steady increase in traveler spending and visitor volume in the state since 2007.
 
     The leisure and hospitality industry directly supports 32,290 jobs in Wyoming, making it the largest private sector employer in the state, and the spending by travelers generates around $196 million in local and state tax revenue each year.  
 
     A proposed statewide lodging tax to increase tourism promotion spending and provide the state tourism office stable funding failed in the Legislature this year.


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